The Circle Interchange, also called the Spaghetti Bowl, is an expressway interchange near downtown Chicago, Illinois. It is the junction between the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways (Interstates 90/94 and 290). The name refers to the curving ramps that appear to form concentric rings when viewed from above, and is commonly used by local radio traffic reporters.
The interchange is notorious for its traffic jams. It is rated the country's third-worst traffic bottleneck, with the drivers of the approximately 300,000 vehicles a day using it losing a combined 25 million hours while stuck in it.
The University of Illinois at Chicago can be seen in the top left of the photo, southwest of The Circle.
This view is from the Skydeck of the Sears Tower, looking southwest. Photo taken September 25, 2009.
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